Amid the debate and politics over 18th-century ruler Tipu Sultan, senior Congress leader CM Ibrahim has confirmed that a meeting will be held in December where leaders will deliberate about the merits of continuing the Tipu Jayanthi celebrations from next year onwards. He also added that 'many Muslim scholars also feel that celebrating Tipu Jayanti might be against Islam, as the religion does not allow for idol worship'.
Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy was left in a tight spot after he said that he hasn't had any such discussions with anybody over the matter of Tipu Jayanthi Celebration.
Speaking to Republic TV, Kumaraswamy said, "I have not discussed anything with anybody regarding Tipu Jayanti celebrations. They were held very smoothly this year."
Kumaraswamy had decided to skip the Tipu Jayanthi celebrations on November 10, citing doctor's advice -- something that didn't go too well with the Congress which had instituted a day of official celebration for the erstwhile ruler of Mysore during former CM Siddaramaiah's term. As per sources, Congress leaders consider Kumaraswamy skipping the first Tipu Jayanthi celebrations under his government as an insult to the Muslim community.
Earlier, Calling Tipu a "religious bigot", the state BJP unit had urged the state government to drop its decision to celebrate the Jayanti. A journalist with a Kannada daily has been arrested in Tumakuru in Karnataka for his alleged inflammatory speech against the recent Tipu Jayanti celebrations, following which the BJP condemned the police action and demanded his release.
Santosh Thammaiah employed with the daily, "Hosa Digantha", was arrested on the night of November 12 under Indian Penal Code section 295(A) (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings), police said on Tuesday, November 13.
The Tipu Jayanti celebrations marking the birth anniversary of the controversial 18th century Mysore kingdom ruler Tipu Sultan were held across the state on November 10 amid protests by the BJP and right-wing organizations.